Tony award-winning Ken Howard (1776, Child's Play) reads I Know This Much Is True with the conviction of a used car salesman and the charm of a seasoned politico. Reminiscent of a former football coach recalling his glory days, Howard's booming, rich voice is a beefy compliment to Lamb's powerful prose. Never to be mistaken as a ventriloquist, Howard makes little distinction when moving in and out of character--his voice barely cracks an octave for dainty female personalities. However, this understatement (so to speak) lends to smooth transitions and believable, down-to-earth narration. (Running time: six hours, four cassettes) --Rebekah Warren
On the afternoon of October 12, 1990, my twin brother, Thomas, entered the Three Rivers, Connecticut, public library, retreated to one of the rear study carrels, and prayed to God the sacrifice he was about to commit would be deemed acceptable. . . .
One of the most acclaimed novels of our time, Wally Lamb's I Know This Much Is True is a story of alienation and connection, devastation and renewal, at once joyous, heartbreaking, poignant, mystical, and powerfully, profoundly human.
"PerfectBound e-book extra: Who Is Wally Lamb? The author addresses the National Endowment for the Arts. With his stunning debut novel, She's Come Undone, Wally Lamb won the adulation of critics and readers with his mesmerizing tale of one woman's painful yet triumphant journey of self-discovery. Now, this brilliantly talented writer returns with I Know This Much Is True, a heartbreaking and poignant multigenerational saga of the reproductive bonds of destruction and the powerful force of forgiveness. A masterpiece that breathtakingly tells a story of alienation and connection, power and abuse, devastation and renewal--this novel is a contemporary retelling of an ancient Hindu myth. A proud king must confront his demons to achieve salvation. Change yourself, the myth instructs, and you will inhabit a renovated world. "Dominick Birdsey is an epic hero and his story is an inspiring, darkly comic talk of redemption - a late twentieth-century Les Miserables."(Glamour) "Twice as thoughtful and twice as heart-wrenching as most published this year. An exercise in soul-baring storytelling - with the soul belonging to 20th-century American itself. It's hard to read and to stop reading, and impossible to forget." (USA Today) "...a fully developed and triumphantly resolved exploration of one man's suffering and redemption." (Publisher Weekly, starred review) "A work of astonishing craftsmanship, structural symmetry, and literary self-awareness.. Read it and weep." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)